Groove and Dynamics: Embodying the Dramatic Arc of a Song

In this class we will use groove and dynamics to explore how to get a song into our bodies and experience the dramatic arc in a more visceral way. The great thing about these tools is that you don’t need to be any kind of advanced dancer or musician to play with them. Great for teachers of musical theatre who want to help their students understand their songs in a deeper way. If you have a theatre song you’re working on at school (no juke-box musicals, please) bring a copy of the piano score. Time permitting, we’ll jump in and explore the piece with the group.


Friday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Room 704
Vancouver Film School (VFS) Hastings

This session is full.


  • Peter Jorgensen

    A BC based theatre artist, Peter has been working professionally for over 20 years. As an actor he’s performed for the Arts Club, Bard on the Beach, Playhouse (remember that), Gateway, Belfry, Western Canada, and toured to many beautiful venues throughout the province. Now primarily a director, some of his favourite credits include Rock of Ages, and Avenue Q (Outstanding Production) for the Arts Club Theatre, Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, and Once for Chemainus Theatre Festival, and Into the Woods, The Light in the Piazza (Outstanding Production), and Floyd Collins with his own company, Patrick Street Productions. His musical adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life has played venues across the country. He was the Founder and Program Director of the Arts Club Musical Theatre Intensive, where he has been working with exceptional young artists for 20 years. He is part of the team developing the Canadian Musical Theatre Database, and the Interim Producer for Royal City Musical Theatre. He lives in New Westminster with his dear friend and partner in all things, Katey Wright, their non-theatre son, Lukas, and their peculiar dog, Lady. Oh... he also owns a chocolate shop. All this on the beautiful, unceded territories of the Halkomelem speaking and Coast Salish peoples including the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Qayqayt First Nations. On this land, through arts and education he works to cultivate more thoughtfulness, compassion, kindness and understanding. He looks forward to sharing time and space with familiar and new faces.